METAMORA - Arnold A. Grebner, 91, of Metamora, Ill., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at his home.
He was born Nov. 4, 1921, in Worth Township, Ill., to Albert and Elizabeth (Kneip) Grebner.
He married Lillian C. Adams on Oct. 14, 1950, at St. Mary's of Lourdes Catholic Church. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Donna (Steve) Deatherage of East Peoria, Joan Curry of Pontiac, Ill., and Tina (Matthew) Mueller of Springfield, Ill.; six grandchildren, Jenelle (Paul) Wambold of Minnesota, Julie (Marshall) Henry of Mahomet, Ill., Jessica (Brett) Martin of Washington, Nick (Ali) Curry of Chicago, Joelle Curry of Milwaukee, Wis., and Edward Mueller of Springfield, Ill.; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Alberta Murphy of Roanoke and Jennetta Overend of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Celesta Koehn and Dorothy Grebner; and a brother, Gilbert Grebner.
A World War II Army veteran, Arnold served in the Army for 39 months with the 684th Ordnance Ammunition Company attached to the 5th Army, serving in Africa and Italy for 28 months.
He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 39 years, working in the Heat Treating Department, retiring in 1984. He also farmed for many years.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church for 61 years and a member of Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 89.
Arnold enjoyed hunting, gardening and playing cards. He treasured time spent with his grandchildren and attending their sporting events. He was an avid Cardinals fan.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Metamora, with Father Ron Dodd officiating.
Recitation of the rosary will be at 4 p.m. Sunday with visitation to follow from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, with military rites accorded by his American Legion post.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's School and St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Online condolences at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.